FFA News

Northwestern FFA has a Successful Sausage Sale this Year

The Northwestern FFA Chapter has had another successful year selling sausage.  On Saturday, January 29th, members gathered at Heffelfinger Meats Inc. to make the sausage. Along with several community members Dan Fulk, Brain Bowers, Tyler Bowers, Brad Stull, Lynn Bridenstine, Randy Tegtmeier, Zane Dilyard, and Bill Yoho. Alumni Becca Harbaugh, Debbie Eberly, Valerie Imhoff, and Kyle Wharton and teachers Mrs. Tegtmeier and Miss Stull. Members who participated were Melanie Imhoff, Ava Stoller, Hanna Wilson, Miranda Smith, Maddy Yasch, Kirsten Boreman, Haley Caldwell, and Lauren Vaughan. The chapter would like to extend their gratitude to Rick Heffelfinger and HMI for supporting the chapter with this fundraiser. This year the chapter sold 4,080 pounds of sausage. Northwestern FFA would like to thank the community for their support during this fundraiser, as well as those who came and helped with making the sausage.… Continue reading

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Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chili Cook-Off

At the January FFA Meeting the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter held its annual Chili Cook-Off Competition. Members were given the challenge of working in teams or as individuals to create a chili to submit to the judges for evaluation. They had to submit their recipe and cooking directions. 

Winners of the competition included two categories. The Judges Choice Winner was Keyara Davis and Keyara Davis. Winner of the People’s Choice was Kyle Larson and Fletcher Harris. 

All winning teams received an FFA T-Shirt. Judges for the event were the Miami East High School custodial staff members Cameron Godsey and Sandy Welker and parent Jackie Winner.… Continue reading

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Miami East-MVCTC February FFA Member of the Month

Annabelle Penny

The February 2022 Miami East-MVCTC FFA Member of the Month is Annabelle Penny. She is a junior and second year member of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter. Her parents are Steve and Michelle Penny of Conover.

She recently competed in the State FFA Grain Merchandising Career Development Event and was the highest placing individual from Miami East. She is an applicant for the 2022 State FFA Degree. She is a past recipient of a National FFA Supervised Agricultural Experience grant. Her Supervised Agricultural Experience includes raising and marketing 140 market chickens annually.

Every month of the school year the Miami East-MVCTC FFA will select a student to be the FFA Member of the Month.  The officer team will nominate one member that has been actively involved in the FFA chapter, school and community activities.  If selected, the member will be recognized at the monthly FFA meeting, have their picture displayed in the Miami East Ag Room, and will receive a special accolade in celebration of their accomplishment.… Continue reading

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Miami East-MVCTC FFA competed in District Evaluations

The Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter recently competed in the District 5 Evaluations of the Ohio FFA Association at New Bremen High School.  Several members of the chapter dedicated numerous hours on developing and growing on their Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) records to prepare their applications for awards and degrees.
Three 2021-2022 Chapter Officers that submitted books for review. Adi Richter submitted the Secretary’s Book and earned a perfect score and gold rating. Alaina Helsinger submitted the Treasurer’s Book and earned a perfect score and gold rating. Kendal Staley submitted the Reporter’s Book and earned a perfect score and gold rating. All three will be recognized at the State FFA Convention in May.
Graduates Erin Baker, Adam Bensman, Makayla Brittain, Carter Gilbert, Paige Pence, Rylee Puthoff, Jimmy Sutherly, Seth Wells, and Lauren Wright applied for the American FFA Degree for their outstanding Supervised Agricultural Experience and overall FFA involvement. Their applications were reviewed and will be evaluated at the state evaluations.  … Continue reading

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Miami East-MVCTC FFA Team Places In State Competition

Recently members of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter competed in the Ohio FFA State Agricultural Biotechnology Career Development Event. The students learned and applied their knowledge through an online test then competed in an in-person competition. 

The Agricultural Biotechnology team placed 12th in the state. Those representing Miami East in the state finals were Isaac Beal, Jacob Roeth, Fletcher Harris, and Ty Roeth. They demonstrated their knowledge of research advancement in the agriculture industry through a group presentation, identified equipment used in a lab, and demonstrated biotechnology laboratory industry related tasks. 

Additional Miami East participants in the Career Development Event were Ava Prince, Madison Maxson, Luke Brunke, Ella Fine, Abigail Kadel, Kyle Larson, Landin Putnam, Jadyn Maingi, Thomas Wallace, Alaina Helsinger, Reagan Howell, Hunter Randall, McKayah Musselman, Kaden Weldy, Ayla Gilbert, Logan Phillips, Jadyn Bair, Michael Hohenstein, and Devan Nix. 

There were 307 individuals from 29 schools in the competition. A special thank you goes to Mr.… Continue reading

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LU FFA Parliamentary Procedure Team Places 2nd In State CDE

On December 18th, 2021, six dedicated members of the Liberty Union FFA Chapter, accompanied by their advisor, Mr. Thomas, set out to compete at the state level Parliamentary Procedure CDE Contest. The parliamentary procedure competition is one of the most team involved in the FFA. This competition requires six members to fully learn parliamentary law. The team is set up as one president, one secretary, and 4 members. In this contest Mary Chesnut was the president, Alex Shy was the secretary, and the members were Alee Brunty, Dylan Hochradel, Gavin Eastep, and Reagan Thomas. Students are judged on their ability to run a business meeting with reasonable debates, their ability to answer oral questions, a state online test, and a reference test based on Robert’s Rules of Order rulebook.

           At the state level of this contest, members are required to take an online exam after their district level competitions to determine who they will be competing against.… Continue reading

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Northwestern FFA Holds Winter Meeting

Northwestern FFA Holds Winter Meeting On December 13, 2021 the members of the Northwestern FFA Chapter gathered in the auditorium at Northwestern High School for the annual winter FFA meeting. 

The meeting was called to order by President Jadeyn Berry. Then, the officers performed opening ceremonies and minutes of the previous meeting were read by the Secretary, Ava Stoller.  Treasurer’s Report was given by Zoey Dudte and the Reporter’s Report was given by Hanna Wilson. Kaleb Badger moved to accept all officer reports. Officers then reported on committees. Kirsten Boreman reported on the Ag in the Classroom committee, Kade Tegtmeier reported on the Earnings and Savings committee, and Rylee Dawson reported on the recreation committee. All committee reports were moved to be accepted by Dugan McLaughlin.

Officers then reported on events that have taken place so far this year. These events were AET State Degrees/Proficiencies, Senior Scholarships, Parliamentary Procedure, Job Interview, Fruit Sales, Dues, Bell Ringing, and Poinsettias.… Continue reading

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Farmers feed the world, Versailles FFA feeds the farmers

By Bethany Starlin, OCJ FFA reporter

Plant in the spring, sidedress, spray and wait all summer, then finally begin harvesting come fall. It is no secret that farmers dedicate their lives to growing the food that feeds our world. They spend hours upon hours in the fields yet do so without complaining because they truly love what they do. 

In an attempt to give back to those who keep the agriculture industry running, the Versailles FFA Chapter created the Feed the Farmer program. 

“Feed the Farmer is an important program to show our appreciation to the farmers who feed us and play such an important role in our lives,” said Emma Middendorf, a sophomore member of the Versailles FFA Chapter. 
Dena Wuebker and Taylor Bergman, the agricultural educators at Versailles High School, recognized the need to support their community’s farmers. Free time is hard to come by for farmers during harvest so the potential for them to gather at a group breakfast or dinner just wasn’t feasible.… Continue reading

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Message from the Ohio FFA President

By Jake Zajkowski, 2021-2022 State President Ohio FFA Association 

I am ready to enter into an exciting year of achievement, memories and new opportunities for every member of Ohio FFA. 

We started this school year strongly built on the resiliency of virtual events and local programming. We quickly got back into engaging our membership in-person at Career Development Events (CDEs), National Convention and leadership conferences touching the interests of everyone. 

2021 has opened the door for us to realize the contribution of our 25,000 members in Ohio. Those contributions make clear impacts on our agricultural workforce, communities and fellow students in high school who have made this year a success. 

Those efforts were recognized in Indianapolis this past October at the 94th National FFA Convention and Expo. Ohio left with 449 American Degrees, setting a standard for our members’ dedication to our organization. Degree receipts were not the only members representing Ohio at convention.… Continue reading

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Northwestern FFA hosts Christmas on the Equator Event

On Monday, December 20, 2021 Northwestern FFA hosted the first “Christmas on the Equator” event. Norwayne FFA, Smithville FFA, West Holmes FFA, and Triway FFA all attended this event. Members of these chapters were able to enjoy an evening together while dressing up in their Hawaiian outfits while it being Christmas time. The evening started off with dinner in the Ag shop and led to line and square dancing in the cafeteria led by a caller. The FFA members had a lot of fun learning new dances while meeting new people. Following the dancing, there was a dodgeball tournament to wrap up the evening. Thank you to everyone who made this successful event possible!… Continue reading

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Northwestern FFA Competes in State Parlimentary Procedure Contest

    On Saturday, December 11, 2021 members of the Northwestern FFA Chapter competed in the State Novice Parliamentary Procedure contest held at the Delaware Career Center. The novice team was made up of Kayla Cutter (Chair), Kaylee Cherry (Chair), Kate Johnson, Mallory Gilbert, Chloe Starcher, Addy Connelly, McKenna Connelly, and Emmalee Connelly. The team placed 4th in their room.

    The Advanced Parliamentary Prodecure team competed at the state level on Saturday, December 18, 2021 held at the Delawarre Career Center. The team consisted of Hanna Wilson (Chair), Dugan McLaughlin, Kade Tegtmeier, Kirsten Boreman, Preston Wilcox, Logan Garman, and Ava Stoller. The team placed 3rd in their room. 

    Both teams greatly improved from the first contest! Congratulations to both teams and thank you for all your hard work!… Continue reading

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Miami East-MVCTC FFA student attended Ohio FFA Association Mission Conference

Thomas Wallace

Thomas Wallace recently attended the Ohio FFA Association Mission Conference in Columbus. He represented the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter. Thomas is a second year member of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter.

Wallace learned that the journey of leadership begins with self-discovery. The Mission Conference explored what makes FFA members unique and learned strategies to become a more confident and capable version of themselves. Participants explored values, strengths, and decision-making skills, as they gained self-confidence. The Mission Conference culminated in students developing their own personal mission statement.… Continue reading

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West Holmes FFA Christmas on the Equator

The West Holmes FFA chapter attended Christmas on the Equator at Northwestern. The members who attended were Liberty Hendrix, Derek Miller, Pacee Miller, Blazedyn Mullins, Alysa Pringle, Dakotah Ringwalt, Alexa Tate, Ashley Tate, and Quinten Vehrs. The theme was Hawian/Christmas and members were given leis and flowers upon arrival.  During the event they ate pizza, square danced, played dodgeball, and met members from other schools. Thanks to Northwestern for hosting!… Continue reading

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Miami East FFA Hosts State Leadership Night

The Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter recently attended an Ohio FFA State Leadership Night. Several members from Miami East-MVCTC FFA attended the activities.  State FFA Officers coordinated the workshop.  

Representing the Ohio FFA Association were State Treasurer Mackenzie Ott from Saint Marys, State Vice President At Large Laura Wuebker from Versailles, and State Vice President At Large Jared Dunn from Preble Shawnee. During the evening members completed tasks to identify ways they could be effective leaders. They played games and were engaged in team building activities.  

Attending from Miami East-MVCTC FFA were Katelynn Dill, Myah Jefferis, Lillian McClain, and Thomas Wallace. … Continue reading

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Waterford FFA Top Citrus Sellers

By Emma Hartline, Waterford FFA Reporter

Emily Hoffman

The Waterford FFA Chapter concluded its Citrus Sale for the year. The chapter has approximately 50 members and sold around $30,000 in gross sales, equally around $600 gross, per member sold. 

Allison Huck-3rd place, Payge Lane-2nd place & FFA jacket winner and Emily Hoffman-1st place. 

Great job to all our members and families for selling and delivering the fruit! Also thank you to our community for always supporting our program!… Continue reading

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River Valley FFA chapter hosted leadership night

River Valley FFA chapter hosted the leadership night on December 10, 2021. We had students from Cardington, Highland, Elgin, and Tri- Rivers. We started off the night with an activity the Ohio state officers had put together for us. 

The state officers who attended were Brayden Huffman, Faith Galavich, and Aubrey Schwartz. They did such an amazing job with the workshop and handling the kids. During the workshop they taught us that, Influence : iis to have an impact on the behaviors, opinions, and choice of others. Also servant leadership : is service above self, empowering people through a shared vision. Ways we influence are by words, actions, and attitude. We also played some games while learning, we made a tower with paper and we had to convince our partners to come to our side. 

After the workshop was over we had food from payne’s pizza, they had delivered pizza and salad.… Continue reading

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Miami East-MVCTC FFA members receive $1,000 grants from National FFA Foundation

Four $1,000 grants have been awarded to Miami East-MVCTC FFA members Isaac Beal, Reagan Howell, Abigail Maxson, and Elisabeth Norman by the National FFA Organization. The SAE Grant is designed to help FFA members create and enhance their Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE), a requirement that all FFA members must complete. 

All four are members of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter. Their applications were selected from applications nationwide. This year 32 different sponsors made 39 different types of SAE Grants available.

An SAE requires FFA members to create and operate an agriculture-related business, work at an agriculture-related business or conduct an agricultural research experience. Upon completion of the grant fiscal year, grant recipients must submit a comprehensive report regarding their career development experience.

Isaac Beal is the son of John and Melissa Beal. He received a $1,000 grant from Farm Credit. Beal will use the grant funds to purchase goat kidding pens to be used in his operation.… Continue reading

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Miami East-MVCTC January FFA Member of the Month

Thomas Wallace

The January 2022 Miami East-MVCTC FFA Member of the Month is Thomas Wallace. He is a sophomore and second year member of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter. His parents are Tom and Dawn Wallace of Casstown.

Thomas was selected because of his continue involvement in a variety of FFA activities. Moreover, he is always willing to lend a hand to fellow classmates. He will soon attend the Mission Impact Leadership Conference hosted by Ohio FFA. He has attended the National FFA Convention and participated in fruit sales. His Supervised Agricultural Experience includes breeding Romney sheep and a commercial sheep flock.

Every month of the school year the Miami East-MVCTC FFA will select a student to be the FFA Member of the Month.  The officer team will nominate one member that has been actively involved in the FFA chapter, school and community activities.  If selected, the member will be recognized at the monthly FFA meeting, have their picture displayed in the Miami East Ag Room, and will receive a special accolade in celebration of their accomplishment.… Continue reading

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West Holmes FFA Chapter held annual Greenhand Lock-In

Saturday, November 20th, the West Holmes FFA Chapter held its annual Greenhand Lock-In. There were 27 Freshmen present, Gabe Averbukh, Ian Barr, Jewel Brown, Haily Connor, Garrett Fowler, Brody Gindlesburger, Justice Hendrix, Colby Long, Blazedyn Mullins, Casey Ogi, Madison Pearce- Laferty, Alex Pringle, Hailey Richert, Payton Rouse, Andi Schuch, Jenna Sheldon, Miley Snow, Hayden Smith, Lexy Starner, Zora Starner, Elija Williams-Dixon, Maddison Williamson, Alexa Tate, Miranda Taylor, Quentin Vehrs, Gabby Yates, and Drake Yoder. Officers; Cora Crilow, Maren Drzazga, Ally Ogi, Alysa Pringle, Leah Reining, Becca Schuch, Emily Sheely, and Chloe Shumaker. and Seniors; Ethan Feikert, Amy Hughes, Emma Stitzlein, and Ashley Tate, did the activities for the night. 
At the Lock-In, we started by “Get to Know You Games”, followed by a workshop with  state officers, Morgan Anderson and Mackenzie Ott. We ate pizza from Killbuck Pizza Parlor, while the seniors shared their favorite memories. The Seniors and Officers educated the Freshmen on opportunities in the FFA.… Continue reading

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West Holmes FFA teams travel to district parliamentary procedure contest

On December 1st West Holmes FFA had two teams travel to Bellevue for the district parliamentary procedure contest. The senior team consisting of Cora Crilow, Sarah Irwin, Jess Miller, Ally Ogi, Becca Schuch, Chloe Shumaker, Maria Steiner, and Leah Reining placed 3rd. The junior team consisting of Ian Barr, Colby Long, Alex Pringle, Andi Schuch, Jenna Sheldon, Lexy Starner, Zora Starner, Alexa Tate, and Gabby Yates placed 3rd. Thanks to Bellevue for hosting!

On November 23rd, members of the West Holmes FFA chapter went to Hillsdale for the parliamentary procedure contest. This CDE involves how to properly run a business meeting.  The senior team placed 2nd and the junior team placed 3rd. The senior team consisted of Cora Crilow, Sarah Irwin, Jess Miller, Ally Ogi, Becca Schuch, Chloe Shumaker, Maria Steiner, Leah Reining. The junior team consisted of Ian Barr, Colby Long, Alex Pringle, Andi Schuch, Jenna Sheldon, Lexy Starner, Zora Starner, Alexa Tate, and Gabby Yates.… Continue reading

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